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Academic Anthropology and the Museum : Back to the Future - Mary Bouquet

Academic Anthropology and the Museum

Back to the Future

By: Mary Bouquet (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9781571813213
Number Of Pages: 256

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The museum boom, with its accompanying objectification and politicization of culture, finds its counterpart in the growing interest by social scientists in material culture, much of which is to be found in museums. Not surprisingly, anthropologists in particular are turning their attention again to museums, after decades of neglect, during which fieldwork became the hallmark of modern anthropology - so much so that the "social" and the "material" parted company so radically as to produce a kind of knowledge gap between historical collections and the intellectuals who might have benefitted from working on these material representations of culture. Moreover it was forgotten that museums do not only present the "pastness" of things. A great deal of what goes on in contemporary museums is literally about planning the shape of the future: making culture materialize involves mixing things from the past, taking into account current visions, and knowing that the scenes constructed will shape the perspectives of future generations. However, the (re-)invention of museum anthropology presents a series of challenges for academic teaching and research, as well as for the work of cultural production in contemporary museums - issues that are explored in this volume.

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"The book's central argument is well made." - Museum National

..".focuses on anthropologists, but the consideration given to the relations between academic and museum worlds will be useful to any scholar with current affiliations or aspirations to engage with museum culture. In terms of the volume's original intent, as a work responding to the needs of those teaching and studying anthro-museology, it is an impressive accomplishment." - Anthropologica

List of Figures
Introduction: Academic anthropology and the Museum. Back to the Futurep. 1
Anthropological encounters with the post-colonial museum
The photological apparatus and the desiring machine. Unexpected congruences between the Koninklijk Museum, Tervuren and the Umista Centre, Alert Bayp. 18
Picturing the museum: photography and the work of mediation in the Third Portuguese Empirep. 36
On the pre-museum history of Baldwin Spencer's collection of Tiwi artefactsp. 55
Ethnographic museums and ethnographic museology 'at home'
Anthropology at home and in the museum: the case of the Musee National des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Parisp. 76
'Does anthropology need museums?' Teaching ethnographic museology in Portugal, Thirty Years Laterp. 92
Science museums as an ethnographic challenge
Towards an ethnography of museums: science, technology and usp. 106
Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum, London. Knowing, making and usingp. 117
Anthropologists as cultural producers
Unsettling the meaning: critical museology, art and anthropological discoursep. 142
Inside out: cultural production in the museum and the academyp. 142
The art of exhibition making as a problem of translationp. 177
Looking ahead
Why post-millennial museums will need fuzzy guerrillasp. 200
Bibliographyp. 212
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9781571813213
ISBN-10: 1571813217
Series: New Directions in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.35